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Exploring the Scottish Highlands with children

INVERNESS, Scotland — Lured by tales of fairies, ancient standing stones, and sea monsters, my husband and I
visited the Scottish Highlands last summer with our daughters, ages 3, 6, and 8. Charlotte, Juliette, and Madeleine had seen the film “Brave,” and knowing we’d be in Europe for my work, pleaded for a detour. My own curiosity was piqued by the vote on Scottish independence scheduled this year.

The last thing I wanted was to plan a point-and-stare trip, one where we’d drag our kids from one monument to the next with little or no interaction with locals. It’s one thing to sightsee and another to experience a place, to learn about the legends, lore, and history that create its texture. I didn’t want to travel like a local, I wanted to travel with one.

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